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Guidelines for Standard Photography in Plastic Surgery

Yavuzer, Reha MD*; Smirnes, Stefani; Jackson, Ian T. MD

Original Articles

Uniform patient photographs that create permanent records are essential for any visually oriented medical specialty. These images are valuable for any plastic surgeon’s practice for various reasons; thus, standards and recommendations for clinical photography should be well-known. There are several articles published on this issue, but it is still not uncommon to be exposed to medical publications and presentations that fail to satisfy clinical photography standards. This stimulated an interest in reviewing the important factors that are essential to achieve consistent, comparable clinical photographs with 35-mm single-lens reflex photography.

*Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Gazi University Medical Faculty, Ankara, Turkey; and the †Institute for Craniofacial and Reconstructive Surgery, Affiliated with Providence Hospital, Southfield, MI.

Received Aug 21, 2000,

revised form Sep 25, 2000.

Accepted for publication Sep 25, 2000.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Dr Jackson, Institute for Craniofacial and Reconstructive Surgery, 16001 West Nine Mile Road, Third Floor Fisher Center, Southfield, MI 48075.

© 2001 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.